Building Secure Relationships

Session Overview

The attachment model children develop in the early years of life is the base from which they will build all relationships in their lifetime. Children with healthy and secure attachment see their parent or caregiver as a source of comfort and a solid base from which to explore and play. In the case of insecure attachments, however, children may not feel secure enough to explore, missing out on important learning and growth opportunities. Fortunately, while a child’s attachment model begins with their parents, they can also create secure relationships with other significant adults in their lives, including early childhood professionals. This session will support professionals in understanding not only the importance of building secure relationships with the children in their care, but also how to help children create a solid foundation for healthy relationships throughout their lifetime.

Aligns with Alberta Accreditation Standards: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6

Objectives

  • Describe the different models of attachment relationships and their relevance to early learning and care settings
  • Identify the long term implications of each attachment model
  • Recognize and interpret attachment behaviours
  • Explore our individual responses to different attachment behaviours  and their impact on relationship
  • Develop strategies to foster secure attachment in daily interactions